News Nosh 10.29.17

APN's daily news review from Israel
Sunday October 29, 2017
Quote of the day:
“Opposition to the extreme right is grounded in moral and ethical principles, not considerations of comfort and a desire to raise the happiness level of Israel’s Jews. Integrity, not joy, weighs in the balance.”
—Haaretz commentator Rogel Alpher examines Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s accusation that those who oppose his rule are ‘sourpusses.’

Front Page:
Yedioth Ahronoth
  • Catalonia: 5 hours of independence
  • Israel - Judo powerhouse
  • “She made my life miserable!!” - Text messages that woman suing Sara Netanyahu sent to her sister that show what she claims to have suffered while working for Mrs. Netanyahu
  • Pitiable // Sima Kadmon
  • The blackening law suit // Shlomo Pyotrokovsky
Maariv This Week (Hebrew links only)
Israel Hayom
  • Catalonia: Independence on paper
  • Return of the “French Bill”
  • Without a flag, with pride: Israel national Judo team won 5 medals in grand slam in Abu Dhabi
  • Taking off: Record number of women (50) finish IAF pilots’ pre-course trial period
  • Police vs. Health Ministry: “Preventing the lessening of violence in hospitals” - Hospitals claim that police are delaying the deployment of officers in hospital departments; Police: “Budget was approved”
  • Prime Minister on lawsuit against Sara Netanyahu: “We are sick of the lies and the slander”

News Summary:
Catalonia declared independence and was taken over by Spain, the Israeli government coalition is in a crisis because the (Likud) coalition whip, David Bitan, insisted on voting over the ‘French bill,’ which would prohibit investigating a sitting prime minister and he won’t agree to bring to vote any coalition bills until the French (Bibi) bill is voted on, and text messages sent by a young woman who is suing Sara Netanyahu described what she claimed to have suffered while working for Mrs. Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Residence (she was not the first to make such claims) - making top stories in today’s Hebrew newspapers.

Also in the news, the head of the Hamas security forces was injured in an assassination attempt, but Israeli reporters said that it was likely the work of ISIS/Salafists, who wanted to see the man dead (also Haaretz+).

And, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sought to postpone a vote on the ‘Greater Jerusalem’ bill (proposed by MK Yoav Kish of Likud), which would make a “municipal annexation” of some West Bank settlements to Jerusalem, what some are calling a ‘crawling annexation' (Maariv). Meanwhile, Jerusalem Affairs Minister Zeev Elkin wants to cut out several Arab neighborhoods from the Jerusalem municipality and put them under the jurisdiction of other administrations. Together, the plans would increase the number of Jews in Jerusalem and reduce the number of Arabs.
Prepared for APN by Orly Halpern, independent freelance journalist based in Jerusalem.
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